ACC offers associate degrees and certificates in more than 100 areas of study.
Many ACC associate degrees are designed specifically for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States. In addition to satisfying core curriculum requirements for a four-year degree, they allow you to take introductory courses in your intended, upper-division major. Transfer agreements with public and private four-year colleges and universities allow for a seamless transition.
ACC also offers Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees. While many courses for these degrees may be transferable to a four-year university, ACC offers several innovative degrees as well as college credit certificates for programs of less than two years that prepare graduates for employment in fields such as business administration, accounting, hospitality management, culinary arts, computer sciences and other advanced technologies, and more.
All international F-1 visa students must be enrolled full-time. A full-time courseload is 12 credits or more in ACC’s fall and spring semesters. Enrollment and courseload requirements do not apply to the summer semester.
By immigration law you must pursue a "full course of study." This means you need to be enrolled in 12 semester credit hours to keep your status as an F-1 student. If you cannot enroll in or complete 12 credit hours at ACC for ANY reason, you must speak with an international student advisor BEFORE dropping below full-time status! Dropping below full-time status will affect your F-1 status and is only available in certain situations. If you have a legitimate reason (i.e., a medical or academic problem), your request must be approved before you can drop below full time.
If needed, you may apply for a work permit due to severe economic hardship only. This process needs authorization by USCIS. However, you need to be in the U.S. in F-1 student status for at least one academic year (two semesters), be in good academic standing (View Catalog), and prove to USCIS that your reasons for wanting to work were due to circumstances beyond your control. You cannot begin work off-campus until this authorization is received.
Contact your International Student Office for more information about the qualifications and application procedures for this type of student work authorization.